Basti Nodal officer and National Integration Department Secretary Ashok Kumar said that one could become a district magistrate in the state by paying a bribe of Rs. 70 lakhs.
Ashok Kumar was on a three day inspection of Basti district for the supervision and monitoring the implementation of the development and welfare schemes. He was to review the government operated schemes in the states.
After the inspection during the interaction with the local media he made an allegation against the government that only those who have the capacity to pay a bribe of Rs 70 Lakh are posted as the district magistrate. He also alleged that he was not considered for posting as district magistrate as he could not pay a bribe of Rs 70 lakh.
“I did not have Rs. 70 lakhs otherwise I would have also become a DM. I did not want to be a Commissioner”, he said.
Orders for his suspensions were issued by UP Government on Saturday.
During the two day inspection of Basti district Ashok Kumar visited different places in the district. He visited the district hospital and also inspected the progress of the construction of the rural link road and ordered the suspension of a block development officers and recommended action against the DPRO.